The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with industry players and will launch a programme to beef up manpower in the sector.
This was announced by Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim - who is also the Minister-in-Charge of Cyber Security - at the 24th GovernmentWare Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday (Oct 6).
The CSA signed three MoUs with local telco Singtel and two global cybersecurity firms, Check Point and FireEye, to develop advanced cyber security services and manpower.
The CSA, which reports to the Prime Minister's Office, will also work with the Infocomm Development Authority of Signapore to roll out a programme that will train and develop the skills of professionals working in the Infocomm and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector.
"The demand for cyber security is growing due to increasing threats and cyber security awareness. However, there is insufficient manpower supply to fulfil the growing demand," said Dr Yaacob.
He noted that fresh ICT professionals lack the necessary skills and experience to take on specialised roles, while those in the mid-career stages find it challenging to convert to the cyber security profession.
Dr Yaacob stressed that for Singapore to improve its cyber security efforts, it needs to develop a national strategy that includes allocating resources smartly and developing capabilities within the Government as well as the industry in general.
The GovernmentWare Conference is held at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre from Oct 6 to 8, for participants from public and private sectors to come together to foster collaborations in cyber security.